Raw and Thriving – is a book about getting and keeping your dog healthy….
Once upon a time I used to spend countless hours curled up in the corner of my couch reading steamy novels about romance and love in all the wrong places. I was a sucker for Joan Collins, Terry McMillan and YES – I even read the first Fifty Shades. #thereIsaidit
Now a days, I’m just as intrigued with books about raw organ meat, homemade bone broth, environmental allergens and clean canine teeth!
When Kristin Clark approached me to review her book, she had no idea how crazy excited I would be – because this is my life!
Learning more about feeding my Boys a better, healthier diet is becoming borderline #pawsessive
WHO IS SHE? –
Kristen Clark is a –
certified small animal naturopath and carnivore nutrition consultant.
I’d never heard the word “naturapath” used in conjunction with “consultant” so you know I had to look it up.
It means –
a system of alternative medicine based on the theory that diseases can be successfully treated or prevented without the use of drugs, by techniques such as control of diet, exercise, and massage.
This caught my attention instantly!
As soon as I started reading Kristin’s book, it felt like I was having a conversation with a friend.
It’s that easy to read, and THAT interesting.
I wrote a blog post a few weeks ago – A Loving Link Between Baby Boomers and Their Pets. Researching this subject helped me realize the impact my generation played in the current status the household pet now claims as its lifestyle.
Making sure our pets have the very best in nutrition and preventative health care should continue to be a priority as well.
CHAPTER 4 –
Page 24 was the eye opener for me. Reading this book was like sitting curled up on my couch. blank tossed across my feet, listening to Kristin talk to me about my favorite subject in the whole wide world – Dogs!
Between pages 24 and 25 she’s telling me about her experience with a 10 day juice fast. I can relate because I’ve been eating out since late February. Our kitchen renovation is two/three days from completion, and I cannot wait to correct my diet.
Every “to go” restaurant counter and drive-thru window employee knows me personally. I think I will cry when I unpack my smoothie blender, real wine glasses, and knives that actually cut stuff. #Idigress
In her story about what she was experiencing with each day of this fast – I became excited at the thought of fasting to clean this waste trap of a belly I’ve created over the past 5+months.
When she connected the dots to how our dogs would feel if they were switched to a healthier diet – the lights came on. #bright
I – like Kristin have spent quality time surviving with the abundance of processed foods. It’s so convenient. Over time both she and I realized we were feeling less than optimal, knew this wasn’t healthy and she decided to make a change. #Imnext
Our dogs can’t “change” anything about their diet without us.
Feeding them processed food will keep them alive but it will not allow them to thrive.
The Boys aren’t eating kibble or canned foods, but after reading pages 24 and 25 – I wanted to know more about a nature-designed, species-appropriate diet.
I kept reading!
LESS THAN 200 PAGES –
This book is so much more than just raw feeding content.
Kristin addresses common concerns like –
- proteins -understanding which ones are best
- how to get started.
She shares natural solutions and remedies for certain issues like –
- skin allergies
- ear infections
- urinary tract infections.
She’s omitted nothing! She’s even included a section on feeding a dog raw when you’re a vegetarian!
I’m still feeding the Boys an alternative to raw – air dried beef meat, bones, organs, and muscles – yet I still learned so much.
I’ve adopted one of Kristin’s natural remedies for Jaxson’s ear infections. His big floppy ears make him a huge candidate for reoccurring ear infections, especially when my dolphin Doodle gets wet. I like having a “natural” preventative treatment plan.
HEADED IN THIS DIRECTION –
Two years ago I would never have agreed to read this book. I was adamant that I didn’t have what it takes to feed the Boys a raw diet.
I don’t feel that way anymore. Doodle Dad and I have had many opportunities to discuss a healthier lifestyle sitting in the drive-thru for all our meals over the last 5+ months. #nofunatall
Pawhaps the diet they are currently on is merely temporary as I prepare myself for the next step. This book has gotten me excited about moving forward…
If you are even slightly curious about learning more about your dogs diet, this book has informative subject matter to read.
You can find it on Amazon or you can try your luck here with a give-away…
What’s your take on raw feeding? I’d love to know ❤